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Rockport Folk Summit Saturday, May 5, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Rockport Folk Summit

The Rockport Folk Summit returns with a showcase featuring two of the most buzz-worthy, boundary-pushing roots acts on the East Coast. The Suitcase Junket (Matt Lorenz) is a one man force of nature employing percussive junkyard thump into his propulsive folk sound. Twisted Pine recently emerged as a four piece that has upended the string band tradition with forays into funk and pop.

Jesse Colin Young Thursday, May 17, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Jesse Colin Young

One of the leading lights of the 60’s “flower power” movement and founder of The Youngbloods, singer-songwriter Jesse Colin Young remains a vibrant musical force. Most known for his 1969 smash hit “Get Together,” which continues to be an iconic anthem for peace and tolerance to this day, Young has forged a long-sustaining career built on his soaring tenor, infectious melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. Going solo after several well-received records with the Youngbloods, Jesse Colin Young focused on his own songwriting and following his artistic muse. In 1972 he released the well-received Together, and the following year he came out with what many critics claim as his solo masterpiece, Song for Juli, which stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for nearly a year. Through the next several years he released several critically-acclaimed albums that showcased Young broadening his sonic palette, recording breakthrough tracks from country fusion to jazz fusion to blues rock that received airplay on radio stations across America. During his exploding solo career during the 1970’s, Jesse also continued giving back by helping establish the No Nukes movement. Involved from the very beginning, Jesse closed the 1979 No Nukes concert and movie joined by legends Jackson Browne, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash singing The Youngblood’s anthem “Get Together.” Throughout his professional life of recording and touring, Jesse has always taken the time to dedicate his life to giving back to the world. He has performed on behalf of organizations ranging from the Dream Foundation and Saratoga Warhorse, to Prep Fest and the Kona Pacific Waldorf School, now the Kona Pacific Charter School. Holding environmental accountability, Veteran support and quality education as a moral code of action, Jesse remains committed and active as an individual and performer.

Shawn Colvin Friday, May 18, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Shawn Colvin

Singer, songwriter and author Shawn Colvin won her first GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album with her debut album, Steady On. She has been a mainstay of the singer-songwriter genre ever since, releasing eleven superlative albums and establishing herself as one of America’s greatest live performers. She triumphed at the 1998 GRAMMY Awards, winning both Record and Song of the Year for “Sunny Came Home.” Colvin’s inspiring and candid memoir, Diamond In The Rough, was published in 2012. Diamond in the Rough looks back over a rich lifetime of highs and lows with stunning insight and candor.

Naturally 7 Friday, May 25, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Naturally 7

With their rich harmonies, an unbelievable ability to replicate instruments (a style they’ve dubbed “vocal play”), and a dynamic stage presence that can be felt in every seat of the house, Naturally 7 are taking a cappella music into the next era. They don’t just sing without instruments, they BECOME the instruments. It’s a feats for the senses. Today Naturally 7 are Roger Thomas (musical director, arranger, 1st baritone, rap), Warren Thomas (percussion, guitar, clarinet, 3rd tenor) Rod Eldridge (1st tenor, scratching, trumpet), Ricky Cort (4th tenor, guitar), Dwight Stewart (2nd baritone, vocals, trumpet), Garfield Buckley (2nd Tenor, harmonica) and “Kelz” Mitchell (bass)

Raul Malo Saturday, May 26, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Raul Malo

As leader and frontman for alt country superheroes The Mavericks, vocalist Raul Malo created a legion of fans reveling in his expressive, silky baritone. On his own, Malo embraces more sounds, infusing his wide-range love of blues, jazz, American Songbook, and vintage rock and roll with Latin jazz. What remains constant is that powerfully emotive voice and charismatic presence.

Lee Ritenour Friday, June 1, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Lee Ritenour

The celebrated guitarist known by fans as “Captain Fingers” makes his Rockport debut, bringing his virtuosic fretwork as well as his signature blend of jazz, funk, world and pop. The Grammy-winning six-string ace has been blowing minds since the late 60’s, first as a dynamite session player for the likes of Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand, and the Bee Gees, and then as a solo artist with over 30 records including guitar classics like Captain Fingers, Portrait, and This Is Love.

Rad Trads Thursday, June 7, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Rad Trads

Brooklyn-based The Rad Trads are a rollicking, horn-fueled quintet mashing together Americana, rhythm & blues and indie rock for a unique and infectious hybrid sound.  Whether ripping through some New Orleans styled funk, a rockabilly-charged burner, or a bluesy howl, The Rad Trads make a joyous and impressive racket.

John Sebastian Friday, June 8, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
John Sebastian

A folk rock icon, John Sebastian had a massive impact on pop music, leading his band The Lovin’ Spoonful (“Summer in the City” “Do You Believe in Magic”) as well as making a legendary spontaneous appearance at Woodstock. His subsequent solo career includes several acclaimed records and a smash #1 hit single, “Welcome Back,” the theme song to the beloved sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.

Ronan Tynan Saturday, June 9, 2018 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Ronan Tynan

Irish tenor, recording artist, physician, and champion disabled athlete, Ronan Tynan moves audiences like few others can. His stirring performances and personal story of triumph have brought him international fame. After winning the BBC talent show, Go For It, Tynan shot to stardom, became a recording artist with Sony Music and sold-out concerts around the world soon followed. His debut album, My Life Belongs to You, released in 1998, jumped to number five on the charts, and that same year, he joined Anthony Kearns and John McDermott as The Irish Tenors, an instant worldwide sensation.

Gordon Lightfoot 11 Monday, June 11, 2018 8:00PM - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Gordon Lightfoot 11

The iconic Canadian troubadour has left quite a mark, inspiring thousands of aspiring songwriters to follow in his rather enormous footsteps. Having written some of the most beloved songs in the folk canon, including classics like “Early Morning Rain” and “For Lovin’ Me,” as well as 70’s pop hits like “Sundown” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” among countless others, Lightfoot is acknowledged as one of the greatest songwriters of the modern era.

Opening Night Friday, June 15, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Opening Night

Artistic Director Barry Shiffman leads an unforgettable Opening Night ensemble in a performance of one of the Romantic period’s foremost masterpieces—Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence—paired with the dramatic work Ayre by one of the world’s leading composers of today Osvaldo Golijov. This song cycle reveals the musical intermingling of Christian, Arab and Sephardic Jewish cultures and is performed by an all-star 11-member ensemble and the dynamic soprano Miriam Khalil.

Kafka and Son Saturday, June 16, 2018 4:00PM   ·   More Info »
Kafka and Son

A one-man theatrical presentation adapted from a letter written by Franz Kafka, Kafka and Son is a blistering, often hilarious, dissection of domestic authority, and a revelatory visit with one of the architects of the modern psyche. The 1-hour play will be set to a recording of the powerful music of Osvaldo Golijov. The program will open with a musical performance of Golijov’s Lullaby and Doina.

Montrose Trio w/ B. Shiffman Saturday, June 16, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Montrose Trio w/ B. Shiffman

Formed in 2013, the Montrose Trio is a collaboration stemming from a longstanding relationship between Jon Kimura Parker and the Tokyo Quartet. Parker was the Quartet’s final guest pianist, and a backstage conversation with violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith led to the Montrose Trio’s creation. The Trio performs works of Turina and Mendelssohn, and then are joined by Barry Shiffman for Brahms Quartet, Op. 25. PROGRAM TURINA: Piano Trio No. 2 in B minor, Op. 76 MENDELSSOHN: Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66 BRAHMS: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25

Snow in June Sunday, June 17, 2018 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Snow in June

Pianist Frederic Chiu makes his Rockport debut with the powerful "war" sonata No. 7 of Prokofiev. The program continues with cellist Andres Diaz in Tan Dun's Elegy: Snow in June, based on a 13th century Chinese drama, about a woman executed for crimes, despite her innocence. Even nature cried out for her innocence with a heavy snowfall in June.  The concert concludes with selected movements from Messiaen's Quartet from the End of Time, written while a prisoner in a World War II camp.  PROGRAM J.S. BACH (arr. Chiu): “Erbarme dich, mein Gott” from St. Mathew Passion, BWV 244 PROKOFIEV: Sonata No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 83 OLIVIER MESSIAEN: “Abyss of the birds” from Quartet for the End of Time TAN DUN: Elegy: Snow in June MESSIAEN: “Praise to the eternity of Jesus” from Quartet for the End of Time

An Evening of Brahms Thursday, June 21, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
An Evening of Brahms

Samantha Hankey | Chee-Yun| Barry Shiffman| Anton Nel | William VerMeulen An all-star ensemble led by pianist Anton Nel and Artistic Director Barry Shiffman will feature Brahms’ chamber music masterpieces. The program highlights the vocal splendor of American mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey, who was the Grand Finals winner of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; the incomparable violinist Chee-Yun, winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 1990 Avery Fisher Career Grant; and culminates with horn virtuoso William Vermeulen. ALL-BRAHMS PROGRAM Two Songs for mezzo, viola and piano Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108 Horn Trio, Op. 40 NOTE EARLY START TIME OF 7:30 PM!

War & Peace - Attacca Quartet Friday, June 22, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
War & Peace - Attacca Quartet

Each composer in this program brought a new perspective to the music in his generation. Steve Reich’s Different Trains, performed by the Attacca Quartet, and is presented with a video by Beatriz Caravaggio that builds on a montage of wartime images. His inspiration for the piece was contrasting his own fond memories riding trains as a child juxtaposed with the memories of Holocaust victims riding trains to the camps. Prutsman and Koo perform two of Pärt’s most famous minimalist works, incredibly popular for the calm in which the music inhabits. PROGRAM SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73 ARVO PÄRT: Fratres (violin and piano) STEVE REICH: Different Trains (with video, recorded sound and string quartet) ARVO PÄRT: Spiegel im Spiegel (violin and piano)

Bach and Forth Saturday, June 23, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Bach and Forth

Described as one of the most innovative musicians of his time, Prutsman moves easily from classical to jazz to world music styles. He continues to explore and seek common ground and relationships in the music of all cultures and languages. His Bach and Forth program is a global survey of classical, jazz and world music from the 1500s to present day interspersed with selections from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book II as well as works from Wagner, Debussy, Charlie Parker and much more.

Love Duets Sunday, June 24, 2018 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Love Duets

Suzie LeBlanc, soprano | Daniel Taylor, countertenor Baroque Chamber Orchestra Led by Adrian Butterfield, violin This concert features baroque chamber orchestra music by Purcell, Vivaldi and CPE Bach in the first half, led by violinist Adrian Butterfield, and Love Duets by Handel in the second half. The Love Duets are performed by Grammy Award winner Suzie Leblanc and internationally acclaimed countertenor Daniel Taylor form their critically-acclaimed CD Handel: Love Duets. PROGRAM PURCELL: Abdelazer Suite CPE BACH: Symphony in C major for strings Wq.182 No.3 H.659 VIVALDI: Concerto for 4 Violins Op.3 No.10 in B minor RV580 HANDEL: Rinaldo (Overture, Scherzano sul tuo volto) Tolomeo (Se il cor ti perde, Trio Sonata Op. 5 No. 4 HWV399) Solomon (Welcome as the dawn of day) Theodora (Angels ever bright and fair, To thee) Cesare (Domero la tua fierezza, Caro bella) ORCHESTRA PERSONNEL ADRIAN BUTTERFIELD, violin & DIRECTOR Adrian Butterfield is a violinist, director, conductor and teacher who specializes in performing music from 1600-1900 on period instruments. He is active in many roles, including Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Society, Associate Director of the London Handel Festival, regularly directs the London Handel Orchestra and Players, and works as a guest soloist and director in Europe and North America with modern and period ensembles. He works annually with the Southbank Sinfonia, is Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music, and teaches on the Aestas Musica International Summer School of Baroque Music and Dance in Croatia. BARRY SHIFFMAN, violin | JOHN MCKEAN, harpsichord ATTACCA QUARTET ROCKPORT FELLOWSHIP QUARTET Jennifer Murphy, violin | Boson Mo, violin | Laila Zakzook, viola | Julie Hereish, cello

Beethoven Sonatas Thursday, June 28, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Beethoven Sonatas

James Ehnes, violin & Andrew Armstrong, piano Pre-concert talk, 7 PM A winner of the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Award, as well as a Gramophone, Grammy and JUNO Award, James Ehnes joins with pianist Andrew Armstrong to perform an all-Beethoven program. PROGRAM: All Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 12 Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 “Spring” Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 Violin Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96 James Ehnes, violin James Ehnes has established himself as one of the foremost violinists of his generation. Gifted with a rare combination of stunning virtuosity, serene lyricism and an unfaltering musicality, Ehnes is a favorite guest of many of the world’s most respected conductors, and has performed with a lengthy list of orchestras including the Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York, and London Symphony orchestras among many others. Ehnes has an extensive discography and has won many awards for his recordings, including a Gramophone Award for his live recording of the Elgar Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra. His recording of the Korngold, Barber and Walton violin concertos won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Instrumental Soloist Performance’ and a JUNO award for ‘Best Classical Album of the Year’. Ehnes began violin studies at the age of four, became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin at age nine, made his orchestral debut with Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal at age 13 and graduated from The Juilliard School in 1997, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music.

Brentano Quartet w/ Y. Sunwoo Friday, June 29, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Brentano Quartet w/ Y. Sunwoo

The Brentano Quartet, one of the finest quartets in the world and Yale School of Music Resident String Quartet, perform once again with the 2017 Cliburn winner Yekwoon Sunwoo after their breathtaking joint performance at the Cliburn that led to Sunwoo’s win. PROGRAM SCHUBERT: Impromptu, Op. 142, No. 3 in B-flat major RAVEL: La Valse STRAUSS (arr. Percy Grainger): “Ramble on the last love duet from Rosenkavalier” DVORÁK: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81

Brentano Quartet w/ D. Upshaw Saturday, June 30, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Brentano Quartet w/ D. Upshaw

Brentano Quartet Dawn Upshaw, soprano Pre-concert talk, 7 PM A five-time Grammy Award winner, Dawn Upshaw combines a rare natural warmth with a fierce commitment to the transforming communicative power of music. The Brentano’s and Upshaw will perform works of Mozart, Webern, Schubert, Schoenberg and more. This same program was applauded by the New York Times as “compellingly” performed PROGRAM MOZART: String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat major, K. 428 WEBERN: 6 Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op. 9 SCHUBERT: Minuets (alternating with Webern Bagatelles) RESPIGHI: Il Tramonto SCHOENBERG: String Quartet, No. 2

Bach's Goldberg Variations Sunday, July 1, 2018 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Bach's Goldberg Variations

Known as a performer with poetic vision and musical intelligence, pianist Minsoo Sohn garners praise from critics and audiences alike for his masterful virtuosity and deep musicianship. The latest accolade, published in The New York Times, called his recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations a “beautifully articulated, radiant interpretation” and named it one of the top classical recordings of 2011. Sohn has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Israel at major venues and has appeared at many prestigious festivals. PROGRAM J.S. BACH: The Goldberg Variations

Riders in the Sky Monday, July 2, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Riders in the Sky

The venerable musical cowboys have been delivering their particular brand of comedic country & western music for close to 40 years and are still going strong. Following in the mighty footsteps of icons like Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers, Riders in the Sky will bring their expert musicianship and comic sensibility for a family friendly July 4th weekend hoedown!

Were You There? Friday, July 6, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Were You There?

Rolston Quartet | Davone Tines, bass-baritone | Michael Schachter, piano Were You There ABOUT WERE YOU THERE PROGRAM The second half of the program is entitled “Were You There” and is a set of theatrically staged songs, ranging from Spirituals to a new piece composed by Matthew Aucoin, resulting in a climactic Amazing Grace. Were You There is about moving from darkness to light. It’s both a memorial for death and a celebration of life—it’s about how our voices can lift us up and serve to remember. PROGRAM R. MURRAY SCHAFER: String Quartet No. 2 “Waves” TCHAIKOVSKY: String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 MATT AUCOIN: A Clear Midnight SPIRITUALS Were You There Sweet Lil’ Jesus Boy Nobody Knows Every Time I feel The Spirit Amazing Grace NOTE EARLY START TIME OF 7:30 PM! Rolston String Quartet Luri Lee, violin | Jeffrey Dyrda, violin | Hezekiah Leung, viola | Jonathan Lo, cello The lauded Rolston String Quartet has made a name for itself in recent years thanks to its many prestigious awards and competition achievements, including taking major prizes at the Banff, Astral, Yellow Springs, M-Prize and Bordeaux competitions. They have also just been awarded the coveted Cleveland Quartet Award. Davóne Tines, baritone One of the world’s most heralded young singers, the charismatic, genre-bending bass-baritone Davóne Tines has quickly become a compelling and much sought-after vocalist. The thirty-year-old singer has already collaborated with many of the world’s finest new music composers including John Adams, Kaija Saariaho and Matthew Aucoin, and has cemented his status as a musical artist of uncommon depth and astonishing power.

A Far Cry Saturday, July 7, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
A Far Cry

The self-conducted orchestra A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. In addition to the Criers serving as Chamber Orchestra in Residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Criers were named by The New Yorker as one of the “Imagination-Grabbing, Trailblazing Artists of 2014.” PROGRAM J.S. BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 PHILIP GLASS: Symphony No. 3 BARTÓK: Divertimento, Sz. 113 GOLIJOV: Tenebrae

ARC Ensemble w/ Davone Tines Sunday, July 8, 2018 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
ARC Ensemble w/ Davone Tines

The ARC Ensemble Davóne Tines, bass-baritone With three Grammy nominations, the ARC Ensemble, consisting of senior faculty of the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, has built an international reputation for the research and recovery of music lost to political suppression. Its “Music in Exile” series, dedicated to composers expelled by the Third Reich, has brought a growing number of 20th century masterworks to today’s chamber repertoire. Davóne Tines, a graduate of Harvard and the Juilliard School, was hailed by The Los Angeles Times as “the find of the season,” after his performances at the Ojai Festival. PROGRAM JACQUES IBERT: Chansons de Don Quichotte ENESCU: Piano Quartet No. 1 CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO: Piano Quintet, No. 1

The Subdudes Monday, July 9, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
The Subdudes

A fixture in New Orleans for the last 30 years, The Subdudes combine Americana, country soul, folk and rock and roll for an intoxicated blend of passionate, joyous roots music.  They are touring off their acclaimed all-acoustic 11th record 4 on the Floor.

Bach Cello Suites w/Colin Carr Thursday, July 12, 2018 7:00PM   ·   More Info »
Bach Cello Suites w/Colin Carr

As a member of the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio for decades, Colin Carr has recorded and toured around the world. Winner of multiple international awards, including First Prize in the Naumburg Competition and Second Prize in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition, Mr. Carr will perform J.S. Bach’s complete Cello Suites, a spectacular musical experience. Colin Carr appears throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher. Currently serving as professor at Stony Brook University in New York, he has previously served on faculty at the Royal Academy of Music and the New England Conservatory (for 16 years). Additionally, in 2002, St. John’s College, Oxford, created the post of “Musician in Residence” for him. NOTE EARLY START TIME OF 7:00 PM!

The Dover Quart w/B. Shiffman Friday, July 13, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
The Dover Quart w/B. Shiffman

Dover Quartet with Barry Shiffman, viola Pre-concert talk, 7 PM The phenomenal Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff Competition. Recently named the Cleveland Quartet Award winner, and awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Dover has become one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The Quartet’s rise from up-and-coming young ensemble to occupying a spot at the top of their field has been “practically meteoric” (Strings). With its burnished warmth, incisive rhythms, and natural phrasing, the Quartet’s distinctive sound has helped confirm its status as “the young American string quartet of the moment”(New Yorker). The Quartet serves as the quartet-in-residence for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. PROGRAM VIKTOR ULLMANN: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 46 MOZART: String Quintet No. 4 in G minor, K.516 DVORÁK: String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat major, Op. 105

Igudesman and Joo Saturday, July 14, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Igudesman and Joo

And Now Mozart Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of such luminaries as Victor Borge and Rainer Hersch, Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo are two classical musi­cians who have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious theatrical shows, which combine comedy with classical music and popular culture. Many of classical music’s biggest names, such as Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Janine Jansen, Gidon Kre­mer, Mischa Maisky, Viktoria Mullova, and Julian Rachlin, have joined them in their musical sketches. Some of the world’s leading orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, have shared the stage with Igudesman & Joo for their show “BIG Nightmare Music”. Alek­sey and Hyung-ki have also teamed up with actors, such as John Malkovich, and former James Bond, Sir Roger Moore, on several occa­sions in aid of UNICEF. NOTE EARLY START TIME OF 7:30 PM!

Emerson Quart. w/Colin Carr Sunday, July 15, 2018 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Emerson Quart. w/Colin Carr

With more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys, three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year”, the Emerson Quartet is hailed by most as the finest string quartet in the world. They join with Carr for Schubert’s “Cello Quintet” which was to be Schubert’s final chamber composition prior to his death, and widely believed to be among the finest chamber works ever composed. Program BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130 (no fugue) SCHUBERT: String Quintet in C major, D. 956

Jim Messina Monday, July 16, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Jim Messina

A singer-songwriter whose infectious hits graced the Billboard Charts for much of the 70’s, Jim Messina helped usher in the soft rock era. As a founding member of both the country rock supergroup Poco and the pop juggernaut Loggins & Messina (“Danny’s Song,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance”), the veteran troubadour has already made his sizable mark on rock and roll. Thankfully, he’s still going strong.       

Enter the Haggis Thursday, July 19, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Enter the Haggis

Since 1995, Enter The Haggis have led the charge among Celtic Folk Rock bands, delighting fans with their memorable performances, inspired songwriting, musical proficiency and high quality recordings. The Toronto-based band has released eight acclaimed studio albums, the most recent debuting at #9 on the U.S. national Billboard Heatseekerscharts.  Their original songs such as “One Last Drink”, “Down With The Ship” and “Gasoline” have become folk rock anthems, appearing in films such as Goon, 10mph and Addicted to Plastic, and reaching as high as #25 on U.S. radio.

Quebe Sisters Saturday, July 21, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Quebe Sisters

An acclaimed Texas fiddle trio, the Quebe Sisters delve deep into Western Swing and traditional country with gorgeous three part sibling harmonies. After winning several solo and group fiddling competitions as children, the Quebes have matured into dynamic performers and artists with a distinct Americana style all their own.

Dianne Reeves Sunday, July 22, 2018 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Dianne Reeves

Deftly mingling jazz with shades of pop, worldbeat and R&B, the five time Grammy-winning vocalist has built an impressive 25 year career dominating the charts and leading the genre into new, exciting directions.  The elegant singer possesses a timeless, buttery alto that often conjures the spirit of Sarah Vaughan, but Reeves’ interpretive skills and powerfully emotive delivery illustrate her own particular artistry.

Arlo Guthrie 7/26 Thursday, July 26, 2018 8:00PM - Friday, July 27, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Arlo Guthrie 7/26

A genuine member of folk music royalty, Arlo Guthrie continues to plumb the depths of the American musical spirit with his remarkable live performances that feature classic songs from his nearly 50 year career, as well as his trademark wry humor and storytelling.

The Brothers Four Saturday, July 28, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
The Brothers Four

Still going strong after more than half a century, The Brothers Four continue to thrill audiences with their pristine harmonies and classic folk sound. The quartet’s many hits, including favorites like “Try to Remember” and “Greenfields,” turned The Brothers Four into one of the leading lights of the early 60’s folk revival.

Ruthie Foster Sunday, July 29, 2018 7:00PM   ·   More Info »
Ruthie Foster

Ruthie Foster is a genuine force of nature. Owning a powerfully expressive voice and an innate gift for writing inspirational gospel-folk anthems, the Texan singer-songwriter has been thrilling audiences since the late 90’s. Foster traverses the whole spectrum of roots music with ease. Whether it be blues, folk, gospel or soul, she manages to infuse her own indomitable spirit into all of her songs.

Jake Shimabukuro Tuesday, July 31, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Jake Shimabukuro

Reinventing the ukulele into an instrument of seemingly boundless capabilities, Hawaii native Jake Shimabukoru fuses his deft fingerpicking technique into a unique style that includes elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco. The virtuoso will be making his Rockport debut for a concert sure to include his jaw-dropping interpretations of pop classics (“Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Hallelujah”) as well as his own thrilling compositions.

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio Friday, August 3, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

With a deep soul backbone augmented by jazz, rhythm & blues and rock ’n’ roll, the Seattle trio — Delvon Lamarr on B-3 organ, Jimmy James on guitar and David McGraw on drums — evokes a classic instrumental sound with a fresh, virtuosic sensibility all its own on debut LP Close But No Cigar.

Harold Lopez-Nussa Saturday, August 4, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Harold Lopez-Nussa

Cuba boasts a long history of birthing dynamite Latin jazz pianists, and now another has emerged. Introducing Harold López-Nussa, a young pianist and composer with an inventive, swinging Afro-Cuban style and jaw-dropping ability. 

Pinchas Zuckerman Trio Sunday, August 5, 2018 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Pinchas Zuckerman Trio

Pinchas Zukerman, violin | Amanda Forsyth, cello | Angela Chang, piano Formed in 2013, the Pinchas Zukerman Trio developed out of violinist Zukerman’s acclaimed Zukerman ChamberPlayers, and has since graced the world’s greatest stages and many of the globe’s major festivals. For his lauded Trio, Zukerman is joined by cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng, two of the finest chamber musicians performing today.

Grace Kelly Thursday, August 9, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Grace Kelly

Though only 24, jazz wunderkind Grace Kelly has already hit more creative and commercial milestones than most established veterans. The Los Angeles by-way-of-Brookline saxophonist has created a sound and style heady enough to satisfy hard-core jazz fans while also providing enough pop and groove flair to appeal to a wider audience.

Kurt Elling Friday, August 10, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Kurt Elling

With his effortless buttery baritone, technical virtuosity and boundless musical curiosity, Kurt Elling has stood out as one of the most critically acclaimed jazz vocalists of the past twenty years. Come hear the innovative Grammy-winning singer kick off the Rockport Jazz Festival with a concert of exquisitely arranged, boldly reinterpreted jazz and pop standards.

Monty Alexander Trio Saturday, August 11, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Monty Alexander Trio

Mashing together hard bop swing with the Caribbean one drop rhythms of his native Jamaica, pianist Monty Alexander has carved his own prominent and infectious place in the jazz landscape.

Joe Lovano Quartet Sunday, August 12, 2018 7:00PM   ·   More Info »
Joe Lovano Quartet

With one foot rooted in classic bebop and the other in innovative modal expression, the Grammy-winning tenor sax giant continues to leave a massive imprint on the jazz world. Lovano stands as one of the world’s greatest jazz artists, his gorgeous tone and pulsing creativity undimmed after thirty years in the jazz spotlight.

Della Mae Wednesday, August 15, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Della Mae

Since forming in Boston in 2009, Nashville-based string band Della Mae has established a reputation as a charismatic live act comprised of some of the finest players in bluegrass, Americana and beyond. 

Paula Cole 8-16 Thursday, August 16, 2018 8:00PM - Friday, August 17, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Paula Cole 8-16

Rockport’s own Paula Cole has won Grammy’s and played sold-out arenas, but always returns to her hometown for a memorable night of smash hits like “I Don’t Want to Wait” and “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” She’s touring in support of her newest record, Ballads, which features American jazz and roots standards from the early to mid-20th century, honoring such greats as Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Bessie Smith, Bobbie Gentry, Sarah Vaughn, Miles Davis and Johnny Cash.     

Larry Carlton Sunday, August 19, 2018 7:00PM   ·   More Info »
Larry Carlton

Larry Carlton is known as an immensely prolific Grammy-winning guitarist and composer that has mined the sonic sweet spot between smooth jazz, blues and funk since his emergence in the mid 70’s. After playing on hundreds of massively successful records, as well as stints with both The Crusaders and Fourplay, Carlton made a name for himself as a solo act with smooth jazz hits like “Room 335” and “Sleepwalk.”

Jane Monheit Friday, August 24, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Jane Monheit

A vocalist with remarkable virtuosity and innate interpretative skills, Jane Monheit puts her own unique touch on beloved jazz standards, classic torch songs and contemporary pop. A two-time Grammy nominee and second place winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, Jane’s most recent album The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald, was released by her own Emerald City Records, and showcases the warmth and joy of Ella’s music.

Celtic Roots & Branches Sunday, August 26, 2018 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
Celtic Roots & Branches

Celtic Roots & BranchesWith Brian O’Donovan For over three decades, Brian O’Donovan has been hosting A Celtic Sojourn on WGBH, a program exploring traditional and contemporary music from around the Celtic world. He now brings to life Celtic Roots and Branches, a new concert special featuring a wide variety of new and familiar musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers in a special Celtic celebration that focuses on the genre’s broad and vibrant range.

Tom Rush 8-30 Thursday, August 30, 2018 8:00PM - Friday, August 31, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Tom Rush 8-30

In what has become a delightful, much-anticipated Rockport tradition, folk legend Tom Rush returns to the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Rush’s easy, world-weary baritone and nimble finger-picking combined with his wry, poignant songwriting made him a star of the 60’s urban folk revival.

Rickie Lee Jones Friday, September 7, 2018 8:00PM

J. Pizzarelli & C. Russell Sunday, September 16, 2018 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
J. Pizzarelli & C. Russell

Come hear a tribute to two of the world’s greatest interpreters of song as the dynamic duo of John Pizzarelli and Catherine Russell take on classic tunes made immortal by Ol’ Blue Eyes and Lady Day. The Billboard-charting, Grammy-winning artists will bring their considerable skill and style to Sinatra chestnuts like “Witchcraft” and “One More for My Baby,” as well as Holiday favorites such as “All of Me” and “God Bless the Child” among others. It’s a match made in jazz heaven you won’t want to miss.

Coig Sunday, September 23, 2018 7:00PM   ·   More Info »

A Nova Scotia foursome that has taken the Celtic world by storm, Còig makes its Rockport debut fresh off the heels of its acclaimed new record Rove. With twin fiddles, bouzouki/banjo/mandolin and piano, Còig delve into an array of traditional styles including propulsive Cape Breton jigs, swirling reels and haunting Maritimes ballads.

Red Molly Friday, September 28, 2018 8:00PM   ·   More Info »
Red Molly

Known for their gorgeous three-part harmonies blending bluegrass with a touch of western swing, the Americana trio Red Molly brings audiences to their feet with crisp musicianship and warm, engaging stage presence. The band, made up of Laurie MacAllister (bass), Abbie Gardner (Dobro), and Molly Venter (guitar), return to the stage after a two year hiatus and have a treasure trove of stored up material to perform.